, Volume 12, Issue 9, pp 673-678

Production of an extracellular chitinolytic system byTalaromyces emersonii CBS 814.70.


The thermophilic fungusTalaromyces emersonii CBS 814.70 produces a thermostable extracellular chitinolytic system when cultured on chitin containing media. The chitinolytic system consists of chitinase (EC and N-acetylglucosaminidase (EC Using fluorescent substrate analogues, in zymogram staining of polyacrylamide gradient and isoelectric focusing gels on which the chitinase system was electrophoresed and focused, respectively, it was found that a number of bands could be resolved. Using isoelectric focusing it was observed that at least 4 extracellular forms of chitinase activity are produced.